April 12 is Equal Pay Day—the date women must work to in 2011 to match what men made in 2010 alone. Equal Pay Day began in 1996 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the wage gap between women’s and men’s earnings. In 2010, women were still earning about 78 cents for every dollar earned by man. This translates into $10,622 less per year in female median earnings, according to the National Women’s Law Center, a Vision 2020 National Ally.
One of Vision 2020’s five national goals is to achieve pay equity, so that equal pay for equal work will be the norm in America. To accomplish this, several of the National Delegates have developed initiatives in their home states to work toward evening out the pay gap.
On the legislative front, today also marks the day the Paycheck Fairness Act will be reintroduced to Congress. The Act would require employers to defend any gender pay disparities by showing that the pay differences exist for legitimate, job-related reasons; remove obstacles that prevent discriminated upon employees from filing class action lawsuits; and ensure that the Department of Labor utilizes the full range of its investigatory tools to uncover pay discrimination.
Find out what you can do to eliminate Equal Pay Day and help women achieve equal pay for equal work by checking out some of the links below: